Pennsylvania Ballet Tickets

Pennsylvania Ballet,” formed in 1963, is among the leading ballet companies in the United States that has its headquarters in Philadelphia. Being a prominent cultural institution of the city, it has established quite a reputation for its technical virtuosity and impassioned artistry. It has been the subject of significant critical acclaim for distinct performances from a diverse contemporary and classical repertoire. The exuberance and energy of its elegant and versatile dancers mark the very signature the Company is known for.

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In its annual local season, six programs are featured that include classical favorites as well as new pieces, alongside the well-known Philadelphia holiday tradition of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Currently its artistic director is Roy Kaiser who has been a principal dancer there. Given the incredible repertory of the Company, its skilled dancers, combined with theatrical talents of its creative team, Pennsylvania Ballet tickets always makes headlines in town talks among ballet and theatre-goers of the city.
“Pennsylvania Ballet” was founded by Barbara Weisberger, who was a protégé of Balanchine, and made the Company a possibility with help from a Ford Foundation initiative to develop regional dance companies. Being a leader of the regional ballet movement in the sixties, the company got to perform for the first time on the national front in 1968 in New York’s City Center. This was a very successful debut which led to many years of national touring, as well as offering appearances on Dance in America series aired on PBS, and most importantly a stint as Brooklyn Academy of Music’s official company in the seventies. Between 1987 and 1989, it forged alliance with the well-recognized Milwaukee Ballet resulting in an unparalleled venture to form one company. This new organization, comprising of forty-three dancers along with a massively expanded repertoire, became the first ever in the country to give year-round employment to its dancers.
“Pennsylvania Ballet’s” Roy Kaiser became the company’s first home grown artistic director when he was given the post in the year1994. Kaiser started rising through the ranks of Corps de Ballet to being Soloist, all the way to becoming principal by 1990. In 1992, after he retired from stage, he was appointed as Principal Ballet Master as well as Associate Artistic Director during the reign of Christopher d’Amboise, until finally reaching his current position. Under Kaiser’s directorship, the company has gotten to expand its repertoire from being mainly Balanchine-based to including innovative, bold new works that reflect true creative excellence and treat audiences to a continuous commitment to the importance of this outstanding art form. Some of these new pieces include original ballet premieres from choreographers like Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Kirk Peterson, Meredith Rainy, Dwight Rhoden, Christopher Stowell, Val Caniparoli, David Parsons, Kevin O’Day, Matthew Neenan, Trey McIntyre, Christopher d’Amboise, and Merce Cunningham.
Over the last many years, “Pennsylvania Ballet” has sought to enhance its artistic core while also continually expanding its reach and making its foundation stronger through creative programming and taking initiatives like the Family Matinee Series, Prologue Lecture Series and its intriguing collection of outreach and education programs called Accent on Dance. Prior to these efforts, the company formed Pennsylvania Ballet II, the Herbert and Joyce Kean Trainee Program that offered pre-professional training as well as served as outreach programs. From Rodeo to Giselle, Company B, Serenade, A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the holiday essential Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, the Company has gone on to widen and expand its parameters, working on its mission to perform the best of American dance to the audiences of Philadelphia and beyond. Make sure to grab hold of cheap Pennsylvania Ballet tickets so you too can watch magnificent ballets at their finest.